Combating MRSA with 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon ‘eye salve’
As more antibiotics are used in animal feed and to treat human infections, the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria has grown into a serious health issue. MRSA, methicillin resistant staph aureus, has become a source of serious infection, especially in hospitals where patients are already in a weakened state. A surprising development has come from a 1,000 year old remedy found in a book in the British Library. This Anglo Saxon recipe for an "eye salve" is amazingly effective against staphylococcus aureus. Many antibiotics are natural products so this is one in a long history of things found in nature. While folk remedies are often dismissed as superstition, this discovery shows it is important to keep an open mind. What other treasures are laying hidden in old texts and family remedies?